John Lithgow Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Movies,Tv Shows, Churchill, And Networth

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John Lithgow Biography

John Lithgow is an American actor, musician, comedian, poet, author, and singer. He is well known for his television roles as Dick Solomon in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001), Arthur Mitchell in the drama Dexter (2009), and Sir Winston Churchill in the drama The Crown (2016).  For all of which he won Emmy Awards.

John is the recipient of two Tony Awards, six Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. He has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

He is also best known for his film roles in Blow Out (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Footloose (1984), Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Raising Cain (1992), Shrek (2001), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Interstellar (2014), and Daddy’s Home 2 (2017). He earned himself an Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films The World According to Garp (1982) and Terms of Endearment (1983).

He has appeared on the stage in Broadway productions including the musical adaptations of Sweet Smell of Success and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as Malvolio in Neil Bartlett’s production of Twelfth Night in 2007.

John has also recorded music, such as the 1999 children’s music album Singin’ in the Bathtub, and has written poetry and short stories for children, such as Marsupial Sue. Following his work in children’s entertainment John has earned himself a Grammy Award nominations and two Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Awards.

John Lithgow Age | How Old Is John Lithgow

John was born on October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York. He is 73 years old as of 2018.

John Lithgow Height | How Tall Is John Lithgow

John stands at a height of 1.93 m.

John Lithgow photo

John Lithgow Family

Johm was born in Rochester, New York.  He is the son to Sarah Jane (née Price) who was a retired actress and  Arthur Washington Lithgow III who was a theatrical producer and director who ran the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.  John’s father was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to an American-Dominican family of Scottish, English and French descent.

Because of his father’s job, the family moved frequently during Lithgow’s childhood; he spent his childhood years in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where activist Coretta Scott King babysat him and his siblings; he spent his teenage years in Akron (living at Stan Hywet Hall) and Lakewood, Ohio

John Lithgow Young |John Lithgow Education

John graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton. He went to Harvard College, and graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude in 1967, in history and literature. He lived in Adams House as an undergraduate. Lithgow later served on Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Lithgow credits a performance at Harvard of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Utopia Limited with helping him decide to become an actor.  After graduation, John won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Also, after graduation, he served as the Director of the Arts and Literature Department at WBAI, the Pacifica radio station in New York City.

John Lithgow Wife | John Lithgow Children

John in 1966 he  married Jean Taynton, a teacher. The two had one son together, actor and clinical psychologist Ian (born 1972). The couple separated after John had an affair with actress Liv Ullmann. They divorced in 1980.  John in 1981 he married UCLA history professor  Mary Yeager , and they had son Nathan and daughter Phoebe together.

John Lithgow Movies | John Lithgow Films

Movies From Year 2011 To 2019

  • 2019 – Pet Sematary as Jud Crandall
  • 2019 – Late Night
  • 2017 – Beatriz at Dinner as Doug Strutt
  • 2017 – Daddy’s Home 2 as Don Whitaker
  • 2017 – Pitch Perfect 3 as Fergus Hobart
  • 2016 – The Accountant as Lamar Blackburn
  • 2016 – Miss Sloane as Senator Ron M. Sperling
  • 2015 – Best of Enemies as Gore Vidal
  • 2014 – Love Is Strange as Benjamin Arthur Hull
  • 2014 – The Jungle Bunch 2: The Great Treasure Quest as Maurice
  • 2014 – The Homesman as Reverend Alfred Dowd
  • 2014 – Interstellar as Donald
  • 2012 – The Campaign as Glenn Motch
  • 2012 – This Is 40 as Oliver
  • 2011 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Charles Rodman
  • 2011 – New Year’s Eve as Jonathan Cox
  • 2011 – The Jungle Bunch: The Movie as Maurice

Movies From Year 1990 To 2010

  • 2010 – Leap Year as Jack Brady
  • 2009 – Confessions of a Shopaholic as Edgar West
  • 2006 – Dreamgirls as Jerry Harris
  • 2004 – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Blake Edwards
  • 2004 – Kinsey as Alfred Seguine Kinsey
  • 2002 – Orange County as Bud Brumder
  • 2001 – Shrek as Lord Farquaad
  • 2000 – Rugrats in Paris: The Movie as Jean-Claude
  • 1998 – Homegrown as Malcolm / Robert Stockman
  • 1998 – Johnny Skidmarks as Sergeant Larry Skovik
  • 1998 – A Civil Action as Judge Walter J. Skinner
  • 1996 – Hollow Point as Thomas Livingston
  • 1994 – Silent Fall as Dr. Rene Harlinger
  • 1994 – Princess Caraboo as Professor Wilkinson
  • 1994 – A Good Man in Africa asArthur Fanshawe
  • 1993 – The Wrong Man as Phillip Mills
  • 1993 – The Pelican Brief as Smith Keen
  • 1993 – Love, Cheat & Steal as Paul Harrington
  • 1993 – Cliffhanger as Eric Qualen
  • 1992 – Raising Cain as Carter / Cain / Dr. Nix / Josh / Margo
  • 1991 – At Play in the Fields of the Lord as Leslie Huben
  • 1991 – Ricochet as Earl Talbot Blake
  • 1990 – Memphis Belle as Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Derringer

Movies From Year 1981 To 1989

  • 1989 – Out Cold as Dave Geary
  • 1988 – Distant Thunder as Mark Lambert
  • 1987 – Harry and the Hendersons as George Henderson
  • 1986 – My Letter to George as Oliver Thompson
  • 1986 – The Manhattan Project as John Mathewson
  • 1985 – Santa Claus: The Movie as B.Z.
  • 1984 – Footloose as Reverend Shaw Moore
  • 1984 – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension as Dr. Emilio Lizardo / Lord John Whorfin
  • 1984 – 2010 as Dr. Walter Curnow
  • 1983 – Twilight Zone: The Movie as John Valentine
  • 1983 – Terms of Endearment as Sam Burns
  • 1982 – I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can as Mr. Brunner
  • 1982 – The World According to Garp as Roberta Muldoon
  • 1981 – Blow Out as Burke

Movies From Year 1972 To 1979

  • 1979 – Rich Kids as Paul Philips
  • 1979 – All That Jazz as Lucas Sergeant
  • 1978 – The Big Fix as Sam Sebastian
  • 1976 – Obsession as Robert Laselle
  • 1972 – Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues as John
  • TBA – Fair and Balanced as Roger Ailes

John Lithgow Tv Shows | John Lithgow Tv Series

Tv Shows From Year 2011 To 2017

2017 – Trial & Error as Professor Larry Henderson
2016–2017 – The Crown as Winston Churchill
2015 – Louie as Funny Man
2014 – Drunk History as William Randolph Hearst
2013 – Timms Valley as Ol’ Gregory Timms
2013–2014 – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland as Percy the White Rabbit
2011 – Prohibition as H. L. Mencken2011–2014 – How I Met Your Mother as Jerome “Jerry” Whitaker

Tv Shows From Year 1990 To 2009

2009 – Dexter as Arthur Mitchell
2009 – 30 Rock – Himself
2006 – Twenty Good Years as John Mason
2003 – Freedom: A History of Us as Benjamin Rush
2000 – Don Quixote as Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quijano
1999 – Cosby – Himself
1996–2001 – 3rd Rock from the Sun as Dick Solomon
1995 – Tales from the Crypt as Dr. Oscar Charles
1995 – My Brother’s Keeper as Tom Bradley / Bob Bradley
1995 – Frasier as Madman Martinez
1995 – Redwood Curtain as Laird Riordan
1995 – The Tuskegee Airmen as Senator Conyers
1994 – World War II: When Lions Roared as President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1991 – The Boys as Artie Margulies
1990 – Ivory Hunters as Robert Carter

Tv Shows From Year 1974 To 1989

1989 – Traveling Man as Ben Cluett
1987 – Baby Girl Scott as Neil Scott
1986 – Amazing Stories as John Walters
1986 – Resting Place as Major Kendall Laird
1985–1988 – Saturday Night Live – Himself (host)
1984 – Faerie Tale Theatre as Goldilocks’ father
1984 – The Glitter Dome as Sergeant Marty Wellborn
1983 – The Day After as Professor Joe Huxley
1982 – Not In Front of the Children as Richard Carruthers
1980 – The Oldest Living Graduate as Clarence Sickenger
1980 – Mom, the Wolfman and Me as Wally
1980 – Big Blonde as Herbie Morse
1977 – Great Performances as Captain Thorne
1974 – The Country Girl as Paul Unger

John Lithgow Net Worth

John has an estimated net worth of $45 million.

John Lithgow Churchill | John Lithgow As Churchill |John Lithgow The Crown

In the 2016 Netflix drama series The Crown John portrays Winston Churchill for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy. John also starred as a professor of poetry who becomes implicated in the murder of his wife in the first season (spring 2017) of the NBC mockumentary series Trial & Error.

The Crown is a historical drama web television series, created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. The show is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

John Lithgow Broadway

John’s first appearance on stage came in 1973. This was in a Broadway production of The Changing Room by David Storey.  For which he won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play and a Drama Desk Award

John Lithgow Books

Some of the books written by John are;

  • The Poets’ Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family – 2007
  • The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember -2004
  • Stories by Heart – 2018
  • M. Butterfly- 2007
  • The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites- 2003
  • Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo -2013
  • Marsupial Sue Presents “The Runaway Pancake”- 2005
  • The Remarkable Farkle McBride- 2011
    I’m a Manatee – 2003
  • Marsupial Sue Presents “The Runaway Pancake”- 2008
  • Mahalia Mouse Goes to College: Book and CD- 2007

John Lithgow Shrek |John Lithgow Lord Farquaad

John voiced the evil Lord Farquaad in the Shrek movie franchise as a voice actor.  Lord Maximus Farquaad is the main antagonist of the 2001 animated feature film Shrek, as well as Shrek 4-D and the musical. He is voiced by John Lithgow. He does not appear in William Steig’s original picture book of the same name.

John Lithgow Frasier

Dr. Frasier Winslow Crane is a fictional character on the American television sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, portrayed by Kelsey Grammer.   For portraying this character in these two shows Grammer received award recognitions in addition to a 1992 one-time appearance in Wings. Grammer was nominated twice as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal in Cheers, but did not win that category.

John’s character in Frasier, Kelsey Grammer he won four Emmy Awards out of eleven nominations as the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He also won two Golden Globe Awards out of eight nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy).

John Lithgow Footloose

John also played a pastor who condemns dancing in Footloose in 1984. Footloose is a musical drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It is based on the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow), dancing and rock music have been banned.

It is loosely based on actual events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

John Lithgow Buckaroo Banzai

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a science fiction action/adventure film produced and directed by W. D. Richter.  It is written by Earl Mac Rauch. The argument centers upon the efforts of the polymath Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10. It  is a cross between the action/adventure and sci-fi film genres and also includes elements of comedy and romance.

John Lithgow 3rd Rock From The Sun |John Lithgow Sitcom

3rd Rock from the Sun is a sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is based on  four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very insignificant planet. The extraterrestrials pose as a human family to observe the behavior of human beings.

Denzel Washington John Lithgow

John and Washington Ricochet stars in  is a  action crime thriller film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring . Others stars are Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, and Lindsay Wagner. The film describe a struggle between a Los Angeles attorney (Washington) and a vengeful criminal (Lithgow) whom he arrested when he was a cop.

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